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March 19, 1960

Principles of Nutrition

JAMA. 1960;172(12):1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020120117032

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For the student just being introduced to the study of nutrition, an up-to-date readable textbook is a real boon. The authors of this excellent book have done an admirable job in presenting basic nutritional information in a way that does not depend on a background of chemistry and physiology. The first chapter defines nutrition as the science of nourishing the body; the second chapter discusses the basic terms that one should know for the study of nutrition. This enables the student without a background in science to embark on his course of study without being unduly penalized for his vocabulary deficiency.

The first part of the book discusses the principles of nutrition, including information on energy, metabolism, and nutrients; emphasis is placed on the needs of the college student. The remainder of the book shows how these concepts apply to the requirements of children, pregnant and lactating women, and older

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